The man who killed hippie rock, who reinvented the teen anthem, who took glitter rock Top 40, who made fans of Dylan and Nilsson, and whos wrestled with more demons than Shane MacGowan, still does, um, killer tour business. And he continues to release a laudable new album every couple years. Sure, hes been copped to death from Kiss to Slipnot but how does it make sense that hes continually snubbed by the asscracks at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame? Well, what you should know is the Detroit hometowners latest, Dirty Diamonds, finds Coop and band winningly mining old Yardbirds, Stones and Left Banke mother lodes with no studio trickery and scads of patented Alice wit. The DD tour promises to punk Paris Hilton too; theres word of a killer Chihuahua and such. Whats more, his internationally syndicated radio show is picking up steam. We reached Cooper somewhere in Australia to get his monomanias:
5. Cold Ethyl: Why dont radio stations play songs for quality instead of whats next?
4. Muscle of Love: I wonder if the Chrysler Firepower will be as cool as its supposed to be. Detroit needs to make a good muscle car.
3. Hell is Living Without You: Someone should invent a TV with a universal language translator. That way I could watch The Simpsons in English when Im in Germany.
2. Desperado: How come no one on the Starship Enterprise wore seat belts?
1. You Drive Me Nervous: Why does it drive me nuts when I see a guy wearing a baseball cap sideways?
Appears Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Michigan State Fair (south of 8 Mile Road at Woodward Avenue, Detroit; 313-369-8250). His radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, is heard weeknights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WCSX-FM (94.7).Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org